Temperature Taking Tantrums

April 21, 2017 at 2:26 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch”

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“Piper & Charlie”

My Butterscotch had another bout of stasis on Tuesday, but is feeling better now. We had cleaned his room earlier in the day and think that may have caused it. Stress is a common cause of GI stasis, and changing out everything in his room could certainly be stressful for the little guy. He took a little longer to recover than usual, about 6 hours and still was not totally back to normal the next day. He got the usual course of Metacam, Simethicone and Reglan and continued to get a dose of Reglan twice a day for two after. Fortunately, he likes that well enough that I can just put some in a dish and he licks it right up.

Butterscotch’s temperature did get a little low so I put him in his carrier on a heating pad on low for an hour, and he stayed warm after. He is much more difficult to take a temperature with than my Charlie. He clenches down and fights the thermometer that I know I’m always getting a lower reading than I should be. I follow this guide, but some rabbits are more cooperative than others.

We clipped my Piper’s nail yesterday, and she is not happy about it. I also thought I should see if she would cooperate with temperature taking, in case we someday need to do that with her. Well, she was not having any of that! She fussed and kicked so much the two times that I tried that we gave up. I didn’t even have the thermometer in my hand, but my hand was enough to upset her. Baby steps, we’ll try again next nail clipping.

Hoppy Easter from the Kronenbuns!

April 16, 2017 at 1:49 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch & Hershey”

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“Piper & Charlie”

 

Bunny-Mamma to the Rescue!

April 4, 2017 at 7:42 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Mirabelle”

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“Charlie”

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“Butterscotch”

This past week has been crazy for this bunny mama! Last Wednesday I helped to catch a dumped rabbit just a few blocks from my house. We named her Mirabelle, after the street she was found on. Several of the neighbors in the area had seen her and had been feeding her for several weeks or months. She’s a very sweet bun will hopefully be adopted soon!

I’m also in the middle of another catch of an abandoned rabbit in Melville this week. We attempted yesterday but were unsuccessful. Hopefully we’ll have more luck tomorrow.

My Charlie had a checkup at the vet to make sure nothing was causing his drop in appetite and slight weight loss. Seems as though it’s just his age catching up with him. He’s only lost a couple of ounces so I’m not worrying yet. He did have slightly elevated creatinine in his blood work, so the vet suggested I decreased his Metacam to 3 times a week and see how he tolerates it. I’m going to give him cranberry juice in a syringe the other 4 days so he doesn’t hate me outright for taking away his yummy medicine.

In the middle of all of this, my Butterscotch had another bout of stasis, but he seems completely recovered now. He’s incredibly difficult to medicate, but fortunately he takes Reglan in a little dish. He gets that for 2 days after he starts feeling better and having to pick him up to give it to him would cause too much stress for human and bunny alike!

 

Mamma’s Home!

March 24, 2017 at 1:37 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Stella”

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“Charlie & Piper”

My mom was away for several days this week, and when she came home yesterday, my Piper was a little upset. She started thumping when she heard her voice from across the hall. I guess she’d gotten used to her not being around and was startled to see her again. Charlie is totally used to people coming and going at this point and didn’t even seem to notice that she was gone or that she was back.

Stella bun is getting ready to go home today, but hopped up the top of the couch last night for the first (that I know of) time. She has been spotted on the couch, but only when I’m not in the pen with her. She’s s big girl, so she’s certainly capable, but like most bunnies, she’s happier on the ground.

Irish Bunnies

March 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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St Patrick's Day

“Piper & Charlie”

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“Stella”

Yesterday was St. Patrick’s day and I’m 15% Irish, so I guess that makes my buns Irish too. That would explain why they love clover so much! I have a funny feeling that rabbits of any culture wouldn’t turn down a fresh or dried clover stick though.

Stella bunny certainly doesn’t turn down clover. She’s such a good eater that she doesn’t turn down any food at all. My Charlie had a bout of stasis this week and it’s always tough to diagnose with him since he’s such a fussy eater. He’s almost back to normal now, and that means begging for pellets and keeping Piper from stealing them.

Snowed In Bunnies

February 10, 2017 at 11:59 am | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie”

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“Butterscotch”

We had a big snowstorm hit yesterday, so that means staying at home with bunnies all day. Sounds good to me (and to them!) It was so cold outside our furnace was working overtime to keep the house warm. The buns all snuggled up against the convectors and each other to keep warm. Fortunately they’ve all got fur coats too! My Hershey’s got a short Rex coat though, so I always try to make sure he’s warm enough. I wonder if he’d let me put a sweater on him. “No way, human!”

Charlie: The Begging Bunny

January 22, 2017 at 2:56 pm | Posted in rabbit | 5 Comments
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“Charlie & Piper”

My little Charlie is basically fed round-the-clock so he can get enough food in him without Piper stealing it all. Sometimes I separate them, but frequently throughout the day, Charlie hops over to whomever is upstairs with him, looks at them, and periscopes on his back legs. “Feed me, human! I’m hungry” Our vet thought it was humorous and had never heard of a rabbit doing that, but my Charlie lets us know in no uncertain terms that he wants to be fed, NOW.

The tricky part is sneaking him pellets without Piper finding out. I’m glad he’s smart enough to do that, otherwise I don’t know if he’d be able to get enough food and not be separated from Piper for half of the day.

Hoppy New Year!

January 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie & Piper”

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“Butterscotch & Hershey”

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“Benita & Uriel”

Since the bunnies generally “go to bed” before midnight, they all made sure they got in their New Years kisses early. Benita and Uriel are heading home today, but the living room won’t be empty for very long! When I finally went to bed last night, right before I fell asleep, my Piper thumped. There were fireworks going off in our neighborhood, so that may have spooked her. Then, 10 minutes later she thumped again. Poor girl. Not sure what it was that time, but I guess she wasn’t ready to go to bed yet! Party on!

Hoppy Hanukkah & Merry Christmas from the Kronenbuns!

December 24, 2016 at 9:59 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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Happy Hanukkah & Merry Christmas from Piper, Charlie, Hershey & Butterscotch!

The Fussiest of Eaters

December 22, 2016 at 12:42 am | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie & Piper”

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“Butterscotch & Hershey”

We’re at the end of our few day break between visitors. Soon the house will be full again for Christmas with furry stockings and furry house guests. My boys don’t always like to share the living room, but as long as they get their presents this weekend,  I don’t think they’ll be too upset.

Upstairs, my Piper has been getting lots of petting lately to keep her from eating all of Charlie’s food. They are together now, all day and night except for 2 hours in the evening when he does most of his eating. If I asked him, he’d probably rather be with her than eat, so it can be tricky to get him to eat enough. He’s such a fussy eater too, he recently decided that he doesn’t like Supreme Selective pellets anymore, and now only wants the baby Oxbow. What my little man wants, he gets.

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